Arick Buckles, an HIV+ Chicago man, was arrested and detained in the Bureau County Jail late last year, but even though he repeatedly told officers he needed medication to manage his illness, the jail decided that they were too expensive to provide. After he was released, he was handed his clothing wrapped in big plastic bags marked "HIV Positive;" the bags were separated from other inmate belongings and were visible to both staff and other detainees. The ACLU has threatened a lawsuit according to a press release.
Mr. Buckles, who works in Chicago as an HIV/AIDS counselor, was detained by Bureau County officials on an outstanding warrant for a non-violent crime. He was taken into custody as he was clearing up another outstanding matter in DuPage County - part of a process he undertook to clean up his life and take responsibility for past criminal activity. When he was processed into the Bureau County Jail, Mr. Buckles notified staff, including a nurse, that he was HIV-positive and needed medication for his treatment. He explained in detail that these medications were life-saving and that it was extremely harmful to interrupt his HIV treatment. He repeated this request each day...
According to records obtained by the ACLU of Illinois, it appears that Bureau County officials were motivated not by concerns over Mr. Buckles' health, but by cost concerns. The Jail's Medical Progress Notes describe the medications that Mr. Buckles needs as "costly" and "only issued monthly." The staff also said as part of the medical plan that they would "(n)otify states attorney of Bureau County . . .update him with this medical info that would be very costly for the Bureau County Sheriff's Office."
What the hell is this? 1987 or 2011?